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Pershore CC's Jason Brown is this month's winner

Over each month of this summer we have been celebrating the achievements of a Hardys Hero, somebody who is at the heart of their club. We have had hundreds of nominations including players, scorers, coaches, groundsmen, volunteers and caretakers.

This month’s winner is Jason Brown; he comes from Worcestershire club Pershore CC and was nominated by Andy Green. What made Jason stand out was that alongside being 4th XI captain, tending to the ground, league delegate, junior coach and being on the committee, he is also a dairy farmer and a part-time auctioneer. 

When asked how he came to be involved with Pershore CC, Jason said he was thrown in at the deep end from the beginning. “I was the president of another club that folded about 15 years ago. I was asked to come and play for Pershore, to help out the junior section. When I arrived for the game I was greeted with ‘Hello skipper’. So that was a bit of a shock.” 

At the time Pershore had two teams competing in the local leagues and Jason said it was his aim to get four teams out so they could have two groups competing in the two-tiered league systems. “We got a 3rds up and running pretty quickly, but I really wanted to get the 4ths out, because then you can have two sides in the dual league system we have.”  

Things have gone pretty well for the newly formed 4ths – captained by Jason – as they have won the league this year and gained promotion. With what Andy describes as a “knack for removing opposition tailenders”, Jason has taken 25 wickets at 18.9 in the 4ths’ tilt for promotion.

With many leagues across the country looking to restructure, Jason thinks that some changes may be beneficial. “The key is to get players and teams playing at the right level – it should be enjoyable at the end of the day. If you have one team in a league who hammer everyone else, or one team who struggle to get out a competitive side, it isn’t fun for either team.”

All winners from this year’s Hardys Heartbeat become involved because they care about the success and future of their clubs. Jason is no different. “I’d say my enjoyment comes from preparing and putting time into something that in turn brings other enjoyment. I get there a bit earlier and put the finishing touches to the pitch – you then have the enjoyment of watching 22 people have a good day playing our sport.”

Batting Honours Board

Dean Walker (Leigh-on-Sea CC) 200* v Epping CC

Byron Gould (Littlebourne CC) 361 v Egerton CC

Simon Cusden (Elvaston CC) 187 v Tutbury CC

Byron Gould (Littlebourne CC) 212 v Ash CC

Adam Wooley (Nafferton CC) 218* v Swanland CC

Tom Friend (York CC) 213* v Easingwold CC

Lee Hooper (Halverton & Sampford Peverell CC) 239* v Axminster Town

Lloyd White (Ashburton CC) 212 v PCS & RCC 

Jonny Ranjit (Ipplepen CC) 198 v Cornwood CC

Bowling Honours Board

Ben Hicks (Hale Barns CC) 9 for 9 v Barnton CC

Robert Green (Ilkeston Rutland CC) 8 for 24 v Ambergate CC

Dylan Bolem (Cramlington CC) 7 for 16 v Embleton CC

Chris Hughes (Bourton Vale CC) 7 for 44 v Chipping Sodbury CC 

Michael Baverstock (Tetbury CC) 8 for 19 v Gloucester Winget CC

Keilan Webster (Bredgar CC) 7 for 22 v Addington Village CC

Ed Fairley (Great Bromley District) 9 for 15 v Kelvedon & Feering CC

Jon Lambert (Calstock CC) 7 for 6 v Callington CC

Abdul Usman (Oakfield Parkonians CC) 7 for 5 v Upminster CC